THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams held their one, and only, practice of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.
For Gurley, that meant his left knee, which kept him sidelined for the final two games of the regular season before he struggled in the NFC Championship game and Super Bowl LIII. For Goff, it meant addressing contract negotiations as he enters the fourth season of his five-year rookie deal.
Gurley did not participate in Tuesday’s on-field workout, keeping in step with the workout plan that was put in place at the outset of the offseason.
“Feeling good,” Gurley said. “Just working out. Typical stuff that I’ve always done.”
Gurley, who last season rushed for 1,254 yards and scored a league-best 21 touchdowns, did not participate in any football activities throughout the two-month offseason program.
Coach Sean McVay said he felt good about the execution of Gurley’s offseason plan and added that Gurley would “absolutely” participate in on-field drills in late July when the team opens training camp. That is expected to be Gurley’s first time participating in football activity since the Rams fell to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII in February.
“The intention is to get him back and ready to go,” McVay said. “What we set out as far as the goal, this was not just exclusive to the offseason, this was a long-term plan pointed towards our opener against the Carolina Panthers, but when we start camp, that represents him being able to get on the field and compete and do some things with his teammates based on exactly how we finalize that.”
Gurley has spent the offseason working out with a personal trainer and has spent time at the team facility to work through his maintenance plan. Gurley said he looked forward to returning to training with teammates.
“I’m not sure what I’ll be doing, but I’ll sit down with coach,” Gurley said when asked about training camp. “For the most part, training camp is training camp, and looking forward to that and being out there.”
Goff was quick Tuesday to offer well wishes to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz since Wentz last week signed a four-year, $128 million extension, with $107.9 million guaranteed. Goff also congratulated the agent he shares with Wentz, Ryan Tollner, who negotiated the deal.
But Goff, who is scheduled to earn $4.3 million this season and $22.8 million in 2020, would not speculate on his own contract situation, beyond acknowledging he has thought about the significant payday he could soon earn.
“That’s not for me to worry about, that’s for the team and my agent to work on,” Goff said when asked if he had a timeline in mind for a new deal. “And like I said, keep doing what I’ve been doing, and that will take care of itself.”
McVay reiterated his support of Goff, who has led the Rams to back-to-back division titles and an NFC Championship, but he said Wentz’s deal would not impact the timetable the Rams have to get a deal done for Goff.
Said McVay: “Jared Goff, as long as I’m fortunate enough to be in this role, hopefully this guy is stuck with me for a long time.”
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(8:52) (Shotgun) J.Samuels left guard to PIT 41 for 1 yard (L.Sims).
Marcus Mariota Sacked by Stephon Tuitt For 4 Yrd Loss for Safety
2 plays, -4 yards, 0:12
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2 plays, 52 yards, 0:45
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Dolphins cut McDonald in wake of position switch
The move comes as a bit of a surprise as McDonald has been one of the Dolphins’ defensive leaders, who seemed to embrace a role switch becoming a hybrid safety-linebacker in Miami’s new scheme.
McDonald, a starting Dolphins safety over the last two seasons, was due a $5 million salary in 2019. He was already guaranteed $3.6 million of that sum.
The Dolphins haven’t hidden the fact that 2019 will be a rebuilding season for them and they will part will several veteran players to make room for younger players to shine. McDonald is the latest in a busy offseason of departures.
Veteran safety Reshad Jones was rumored to be on the trade block this summer, but he said Sunday that he got assurances from the Dolphins that he would remain in Miami for the 2019 season. Instead, it seems McDonald was the veteran safety the Dolphins decided to move on from before the season began.
The Dolphins are expected to start Bobby McCain at free safety and Reshad Jones at strong safety while promising second-year defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick is expected to play both nickel cornerback and safety.
McDonald, 28, signed with the Dolphins in 2017 after spending the first four years of his career starting for the Rams.
The Dolphins offseason departures include quarterback Ryan Tannehill and defensive end Robert Quinn via trade, receiver Danny Amendola, defensive end Andre Branch, guard Josh Sitton via release. More veteran departures could be coming before cutdown day.
McDonald had three interceptions and 86 tackles in 14 games (all starts) last season. He won the 2018 Good Guy award voted upon by the South Florida media that cover the Dolphins on a regular basis.
Sportsbooks left scrambling after Luck retirement
Andrew Luck’s retirement Saturday impacted the odds to win the Super Bowl for six teams, flipped the perceived hierarchy in the AFC South on its head and even caused some bookmakers to refund bets on the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback.
Luck announced Saturday that he was retiring from the NFL after seven seasons, citing mental fatigue and injury concerns. The landscape-altering news sent bookmakers scrambling to halt betting on much of the NFL. When odds on the Colts began to re-emerge and steady on Sunday, there were significant changes.
The Colts went from second-tier Super Bowl contenders, with odds in the 15-1 range, to 60-1 long shots, along with the New York Jets. The Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Colts’ three AFC South divisional opponents, the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, each saw their Super Bowl odds improve.
Indianapolis had been the odds-on favorite to win the AFC South, but without Luck became an underdog in the up-for-grabs division. The Texans are now the favorites in the division at most sportsbooks.
“Just basically everything we have involving the NFL, we changed,” Jeff Sherman, vice president of risk for the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas, said Sunday morning. “From the Week 1 number to the Games of the Year, to the season wins, odds to make the playoffs, division, conference, Super Bowl … yeah, it affected everything.”
The Chargers had been 3.5-point favorites over the Colts in their Week 1 meeting, before concerns over Luck’s lingering injury status increased. Luck had not appeared in the preseason while dealing with a strained calf. With his status in question, several sportsbooks stopped betting on the Colts-Chargers matchup earlier in August. The SuperBook, which elected to keep the game open for betting, reported taking a limit bet on the Chargers -3.5 on Thursday.
The MGM sportsbook took multiple limit money-line bets on the Chargers from respected customers in mid-August and took the game off the board.
“Once we took a couple pops on the money-line, we said maybe someone knows something, and we suspended it,” MGM director of race and sports Jeff Stoneback said.
After Luck’s announcement, the line on the game grew to as high as Los Angeles -9.5 at Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology before settling back at -7 at most books on Sunday. Jacoby Brissett is expected to become the Colts’ starter.
Indianapolis’ season win total was sitting at 10 or 9.5 on Saturday. New Jersey sportsbooks DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBets each trimmed the number to 6.5 after the Luck news. In Las Vegas, the SuperBook moved to 7.5, and Caesars Sportsbook went to 7.
“We did take two sharp plays on the under this week,” the MGM’s Stoneback said.
Las Vegas sportsbook operator Circa Sports also reported taking multiple limit bets on the under on the Colts’ win total earlier in the week.
Luck was a popular bet to win NFL MVP at sportsbooks, with 12-1 odds. Only favorite Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs had better odds than Luck at some shops. The SuperBook and PointsBet elected to refund bets on Luck to win the NFL MVP.
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